The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDot) has released a new campaign hashtag (# on Twitter) to raise awareness of critical information about our roadways in the state of Texas.
November 7, 2015 marked the grim milestone that Texas has gone 15 years straight with daily deaths on the roadways. You read that correctly, at least one person has died every single day since November 7, 2000.
TxDot seeks to raise awareness to end this tragic trend by creating the #EndTheStreakTX campaign. Through the campaign, TxDot wants to not only raise awareness but also educate drivers on the importance of staying alert and paying attention. Through the campaign, anyone who utilizes social media can change their profile pictures to the black image available for download at the links listed on the TxDot website at http://www.txdot.gov/.
Drivers should follow these few safety tips while behind the wheel:
- Click It or Ticket: Buckling up is one of the best bets to prevent serious injury or death in the event of an accident.
- Never Drink and Drive: Drunk driving kills. Please get a sober ride home with a friend, family member, Uber, taxi, or even catch a pedicab. Either way, TxDot asks that you designate a driver before taking a sip.
- Pay Attention: Please put your phones away and avoid any other distractions. If needed, silence your phone to ensure that a text message ding doesn’t make you want to pick it up.
- Drive the Speed Limit: Follow the posted speed limits and adjust your speed when weather or conditions warrant a slower speed.
Ultimately, the key to driving safely is the drivers themselves. YOU can help #EndTheStreakTX.